Rick Steves Notable Travelers
Summary: Rick Steves Notable Travelers is a collection of "Travel with Rick Steves" radio interviews featuring some of his favorite interviews with well-known travelers, ranging from guidebook legend Arthur Frommer to Tuscany's Frances Mayes to humorist David Sedaris. For more travel ideas and advice, visit http://www.ricksteves.com.
Author and radio commentator Sarah Vowell explains how Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette helped unify Americans after the contentious presidential election of 1824.
Montreal-based authors Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow discuss the unwritten rules of conversation in France, and the communication hurdles visitors face — even those who speak perfect French. Their book is called "The Bonjour Effect.”
Author Marjorie R. Williams shares tips for finding exceptional seasonal produce — and great souvenirs — in the south of France. She’s collected her recommendations and personal favorites in her guide “Markets of Provence.”
Rick's son Andy Steves shares tips from his guidebook “Andy Steves’ Europe: City Hopping on a Budget.” The advice in Andy’s book comes from his experience helping American college students make the most of their time during study abroad in Europe.
Fashion critic James Sherwood introduces Rick to some of London's most elegant and characteristic restaurants, hotels, specialty shops, and other stylish scenes. His witty guidebook is titled “James Sherwood’s Discriminating Guide to London.”
Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad tells Rick how she set a world record in long-distance, open water swimming on her 2013 swim from Havana to Key West. Her book is titled “Find a Way.”
Historian Laurence Bergreen reveals what the adventurer Casanova’s uncommon life can tell us about 18th-century Venice – gritty details and all. Bergreen’s new book is titled “Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius.”
Archaeologist and author Dr. Salvatore Settis discusses Venice's population decline, which continues even as crowds of tourists and cruise-ship passengers overwhelm Italy's most beloved city. His book is titled “If Venice Dies.”
Travel writer Leif Pettersen tells Rick about the ruthless 15th-century prince behind the legend of Dracula. The infamous character of Dracula is a major source of tourism to Romania today. Pettersen’s book is “Backpacking with Dracula.”
New York Times correspondent Elaine Sciolino tells Rick what makes her own neighborhood in Paris feel like home and discusses her book "The Only Street in Paris."
Author and activist Gloria Steinem reflects on her decades of frequent travels, and how they gave her a sense of adventure from a young age. Her book about the topic is titled "My Life on the Road."
Author Diccon Bewes explains how tourism as we know it was invented by middle-class, Victorian-era English travelers seeking a pleasure trip in the Swiss Alps. His new book is titled "Slow Train to Switzerland."
The Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge" brings 12 Norwegian-Americans to Norway for the first time. A producer and contestant from the show describe what happens when the contestants compete to adapt to Norwegian everyday life.
Food and culture expert and author Fred Plotkin explains the variety of ways people across Europe prefer their coffee.
Historian David McCullough shares some of the most memorable and inspirational places he's visited as a traveler and researcher.